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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Another Step-by-Step...

...and news of a new Facebook group.

Ignacio (Nicecrane Designs) asked me if I would do another tutorial with an image that he had offered as a freebie to one of my fellow 'teamies' for her new facebook group. When I saw this adorable image, how could I say no...
...and if you would like to try colouring this image you can find it here.

The image is so lovely - I had it downloaded and printed off in the blink of an eye...
...then I had to decide how I was going to set about colouring it in.
Starting with the sky, I gave the whole area a gentle swipe of colour using the chisel end of my pens...
 ...I was pleased with the result that I had achieved with my Fairies and Angels image (previous post) so I decided to stick with the same colours...
...in fact, there were just two colours BT1 (Blue Turquoise) and FS8 (Flesh) - oops, didn't realise the pen was round the wrong way - and the blender pen to bring them together. FS8 is quite a strong colour so I used the blender pen to dampen the area where I wanted this shade and then very gently swiped the colour across. I then used the blender to even out any areas where the pen caught a little too much. At this point the sky was very pale but that is the joy of alcohol pens - you can come back and build up the colour later (if you want).
There was an overhanging branch in the top left corner which I completed next so that I wouldn't be rubbing my hand over the main part of the coloured image later...
 ...I used TN4 (Tan) for the wood, DG1/2/3 (Dull Green) for the leaves and FS1 & 8 for the blossom. You can see that the colour has bled a little - this helps to soften the look of the blossom.
The next stage was to give the ground some colour by swiping with the chisel end of CG3 (Citrus Green)...
 ...the fence and seed bag were also given a hint of colour using EB1 (Earth Brown).
The large areas of grassland were given a quick swipe of DG1 - I have left some of the streaks showing to give texture. The hedges and blades of grass were coloured with the bullet end of the pens in DG2 & 3. The brambles in the bottom right corner were give more detail using CG2 & 3 along with a touch of GB3 & 5 (Gold Brown)...
...the basket was given some colour using some of the Tan shades and I started to add colour to the dog using IG1 & 3 (Ice Grey). A bit of shading was added to the fence...
...the EB2 and GB8 look quite harsh here but by using the EB1 over the top the shades start to blend together.
A touch of BG1 & 3 (Brown Grey) was added to the dog...
 ...and the first shade was added to the skin areas...
 ...FS1 is used here for the first of the fleshtones.
Here is my little copper-headed miss. Shades used to achieve the hair colour are TN1, GB1/6/7...
 ...the smock of the other child was coloured using BGR1 & 3 (Blue Grey) with a touch of TB6 (True Blue). Now this is another area where I made good use of the blender. BGR1 all over and BGR3 for the shadows was rather flat so the blender was used to smooth the shades into each other and to take some of the colour away where the 'light' would be hitting - it also helps to give a slightly faded and worn look. The TB6 was just used to pick out the smocking across the top.
I used GT1/2/3 (Green Turquoise) for the dress of my little redhead...
 ...on this occasion, I started with the two darker shades to highlight the creases and shadows and then used the lightest shade to colour over the top and blend the shades together.
The second child has been coloured as a blond using GB8 & 9 and CT2 (Citrus). A little IG1 to give the children's socks a bit of shape, some blender to take away some of the orangey hews from the basket and a little more BT1 added to the sky...
...and there you have it - all done.
So if you would like to give this a go, don't forget you can grab this freebie...
...by using the link under the B/W image at the top of this post.

Now folks that visit here on a regular basis know that I don't 'do' Facebook. However, my fellow DT member Ginny is setting up a "Christian Card-makers around the World" group over on Facebook and as I know many of you are on Facebook I thought you might want to go and take a look. You can hop over to Ginny's blog to find out more details or go directly to the Facebook group via;

http://www.facebook.com/groups/610077695743800/

Ginny has some super stuff on her blog so I'm sure you will find more goodies on the Facebook group...................................................................................................

11 comments:

Nicecrane Designs said...

OMG Toni,,,,,,absolutely a delcious to watch,,,,, ,waht a incredible and so soft colors,,,,,,,I was sure you would do a polay of art my friend,,,,,,You are Rock.

Virginia said...

Oh Toni - they are gorgeous!

Sandra said...

I always worried I was one of the only people in the world that didn't really "do" Facebook lol. I pop on every now and then, but I just don't get it.

This is just the most beautiful colouring and image. Really gorgeous

Sandra said...

I always worried I was one of the only people in the world that didn't really "do" Facebook lol. I pop on every now and then, but I just don't get it.

This is just the most beautiful colouring and image. Really gorgeous

Claireliz said...

This is fantastic.
C xx

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

It´s so cool to be able to see the "backstage" of your colouring!
And you know we are waiting for you on FB. ;)

Lynn Stevens said...

Well done Toni, It looks like a real watercolor painting. You were the right artist for the job
Hugs Lynn

P.S Thanks for your kind words, Work has just gotten to be too much lately. :0(

debby4000 said...

Beautiful work with the image, I was amazed how it looks like watercolour yet you've used copics.
luv
Debby

Weasel said...

Bee-you-tee-full xx

Stef H said...

beeee utiful as always!

we have fog and temps in the 40'sF, and 2 days of rain. at least it's not snow. puppy wants to go out and play so bad and tho the temps are mild, there's mud everywhere! ugh!

have a great week.

hugs :)

Lori said...

Just beautiful! Wonderful coloring...